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Museum recreates medieval town of Cestrefeld

Visitors to Chesterfield Museum can see a special exhibition about the town’s medieval past.

Cestrefeld – Medieval Town runs at the popular Chesterfield Borough Council attraction from Saturday 14 May until Saturday 2 July.

Visitors can find out how the local medieval community lived, handle replica objects on a special medieval market stall and enjoy playing some popular games of the period.

There is fun for all ages with a special medieval trail and an opportunity to design their own heraldic shield or illuminated letter.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy said: “Chesterfield was a thriving town in the middle ages and this exhibition allows our visitors to find out what life was like for people who lived in the town during that period.

“With activities suitable for all ages, it’s ideal for families to visit and learn together.”

The museum is open each Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm and admission is free.

It will also be open on Sunday 15 May for the celebrations to mark the 750th anniversary of the battle of Chesterfield, which took place in 1266.

An event will take place in New Square to commemorate the event along with music, dancing and games and a battle from the Swords of Mercia recreation group.

The event takes place from 11am to 3pm.

The highlight of the day will take place at 1.30pm: a re-enactment of Robert de Ferrers being brought out of the ‘Crooked Spire’ and paraded through town on a medieval style cart.

He will then be ‘tried’ in New Square and banished from Chesterfield.
The event is organised by an independent group and supported by the council. For more information, visit the Chesterfield 750 website..

First published on 09 May 2016 Last updated on 12 May 2017